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Google to Open Cloud Region in Seoul Early Next Year
To Tap into Market for Database Diversification
Google to Open Cloud Region in Seoul Early Next Year
  • By Kim Eun-jin
  • September 26, 2019, 14:45
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Google Inc. is planning to open its first data center in Korea early next year.

Global IT giant Google Inc. is looking to strengthen its data management solution business for enterprises in South Korea by opening its first data center in the country early next year. As demand for cloud services is expanding from Internet companies, game developers and e-commerce firms to companies in the manufacturing, finance and public sectors, Google has decided to target the market for data management, one of the common worries for all industries.

During a press conference held at the Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas hotel in Samsung-dong, Seoul, on Sept. 25, Yang Seung-do, head of customer engineering at Google Cloud Korea, said, “A relational database management system (RDBMS), which stores and manages data in the form of tables, has been a common type of database used in all tasks and applications by companies for 20 to 30 years. But, now is the era of database diversification. All industries are seeking to diversify database with the emergence of mobile, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things (IoT).”

This is because one central database can no longer support the rapidly changing environment in where applications are split into small pieces in the form of microservice. As a result, South Korea’s major conglomerates, such as Samsung Electronics, Hyundai and Kia Motors and KT, has also started using different databases by sector.

Yang said, “The problem is that enterprises which have a lack of staff and technical skills cannot manage various databases. It is efficient to choose a cloud that manages the whole process ranging from installation to patch, upgrade and backup.”

Google provides the in-memory database for the gaming industry which needs a millisecond of response time, the cloud-native NoSQL document database service that simplifies storing, syncing, and querying data for your mobile, web, and IoT apps at global scale and the expanded NoSQL database service which is widely used in the gaming, logistics and IoT industries due to a short delay time and high capacity information processing.

For RDBMS, the company offers MySQL, PostgreSQL and Cloud Spanner services. Cloud Spanner is appropriate for global services because it has excellent consistency and expandability in data. Google also provides data warehouse service “BigQuery.” In particular, Cloud Spanner is the most frequently used database in Google and can maintain consistency in expansion of data.

Google will open its first cloud region in Seoul early next year by leasing the data center of a domestic mobile carrier. Based on it, the U.S. IT giant expects to expand its customer base in cloud and database  services.